The government had applied for 15 coal mining blocks of which 3 had been approved by the Coal Ministry, state's principal secretary of commerce and industry department Sabyasachi Sen told reporters today.
Mr Sen was speaking on the sidelines of a Bengal Chamber of Commerce sponsored seminar on "Steel in Auto Components and Construction" here.
Mr Sen said the mines would be explored with joint venture partnership under the public-private-partnership (PPP) model. The West Bengal Mining Development Corporation (WBMDC) would hold the majority stake in the projects.
He said of the three approved blocks, the government has already found a partner for the Trans-Damodar block. The process of obtaining clearance of Director of Mining Safety and Environment Ministry and land acquisition was on, Mr Sen added.
The other two blocks were Icchapur-Kulti block and Coalfield block. The move would stop illegal mining and develop coal linkage with the industries in the state, the secretary hoped.
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